Ruth Miriam Birnholz
November 19, 1925
|Died||February 12, 1991 (aged 65)|
Bronx, New York, US
|Children||Melissa Hacker and Emily Hacker|
Ruth Morley (November 19, 1925 – February 12, 1991) was an Austrian-born American costume designer, active from the late 1950s through 1991. She was nominated for Best Costumes-Black and White for her work on The Miracle Worker during the 35th Academy Awards. She is also well known for her work on Annie Hall.
Ms. Morley's stage work began in 1951, with "Billy Bud." Other Broadway productions included "Death of a Salesman," starring Dustin Hoffman, as well as "A Thousand Clowns," "Toys in the Attic," "Inherit the Wind," and "Take a Giant Step,". In the 1950s she was costume director for the New York City Opera (NYCO). Her notable costume designs for the NYCO included the world premiere of Robert Kurka's The Good Soldier Schweik at Lincoln Center in 1958.
- The Prince of Tides (1991)
- Ghost (1990)
- The Money Pit (1986)
- Tootsie (1982)
- Little Miss Marker (1980)
- The Miracle Worker (1979-TV movie)
- Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
- Superman (1978)
- Annie Hall (1977)
- Taxi Driver (1976)
- Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970)
- A Thousand Clowns (1965)
- The Miracle Worker (1962)
- The Hustler (1961)
Ruth Morley, née Birnholz, was born in Vienna, Austria, and escaped shortly before the outbreak of World War II on a Kindertransport. She had two daughters.
- "Ruth Morley papers". Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
- "The 35th Academy Awards (1963) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
- "Ruth Morley Is Dead; Costume Designer, 65". The New York Times. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
- Howard Taubman. "Opera: Kurka's 'Schweik'". The New York Times.
- Ruth Morley at IMDb
- Ruth Morley papers, 1925-2005 (bulk 1940-1990), held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
- Ruth Morley papers, 1958-1990, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences